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Alan Solomons hails ‘incredible’ Worcester Warriors victory

Chris Pennell’s two penalties won it for the Warriors.

Worcester director of rugby Alan Solomons described the 6-5 Aviva Premiership win over Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park as “incredible”.

It was the first time Exeter had lost in the Premiership at Sandy Park since Bath triumphed in October 2016 and the first time that Warriors had beaten the Chiefs in the league in 12 attempts.

Chris Pennell’s two penalties won it for the Warriors and Solomons said: “It’s a wonderful day for Worcester Warriors and we must enjoy it, although we must keep our feet on the ground.

“It was unbelievable and incredible as we managed to operate the key factors in our game plan brilliantly.

“We had to match them physically and our defence was outstanding as we knew we had to take the game in periods of 20 minutes at a time.

“We showed terrific heart as they hold the ball for long passages of play but we thoroughly deserved the win.”

Next up for Worcester is a home game next Saturday against Gloucester and Solomons said: “It’s going to be a tough game and we hope we can bring that level of performance to the table next week.

“I’ve been here since the 15th October and I’ve seen that this team has terrific ability with a really good balance as we attack with verve and defend with vigour.”

Exeter could only manage a single try from Mitch Lees with Gareth Steenson’s conversion hitting a post to deprive Chiefs of victory and director of rugby Rob Baxter said:  “In the Premiership you get the result you deserve and today we deserved nothing.

“It’s rare that we only score five points so great credit to Worcester, who were more physical than us and won the breakdown area.

“I don’t know how we got so close as they had far more composure than we did for we gave up a lot of ball.”

Exeter chose to give their leading players two weeks off during the Anglo-Welsh competition and their performance was strangely subdued.

Baxter added: “Maybe in hindsight it was a mistake to rest players but last year we did exactly the same thing and finished up as champions.

“Our European cup defeat at Glasgow dented us a little and I don’t want to make excuses but we seemed to be getting slowly up to speed instead of being at full momentum.”

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